Education is changing

The government is planning big changes to the way support is given to children with special educational needs in England. The changes are being introduced through the Children and Families Act 2014.

You can read our short guides to help you understand the changes. This factsheet is an introduction to part three of the Children and Families Act 2014, where the reforms are set out. This factsheet explains how support in mainstream schools will be delivered from September.

You can also download our Summary of the new code of practice and transitional arrangements.

The changes will start to happen from September 2014. Until then, the current system will remain in force in all local authorities in England.

These are some of the main changes.

  • An education, health and care (EHC) plan will replace the statement of special educational needs, and will cover young people from birth to age 25.
  • Parents and young people can have control of a personal budget to buy additional support detailed in the plan.
  • Local authorities must produce a 'local offer' of education, health and social care services it expects to be available in the area for children and young people up to 25 years.

Information sheets part one and part two correct some of the myths that parents may be hearing about EHC plans.

If you want to know how the changes will affect your child in the future, or you have any concerns about your child's education please contact our helpline on 0808 808 3555 or email us.

If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland contact our nation offices to find out whether there are plans to change the current system.